When it comes to TV packages, I'm currently a Homechoice subscriber, but it's time for a change. The picture quality isn't great (especially for football, for some reason), and as we're going to need a new TV soon (which will probably be High Definition), there's no point sticking with Homechoice. If I'm buying an HD TV, I want to get the best out of it.
So the main options are Sky or Virgin Media. Sky costs a fortune (£300 for an HD set-top box! Plus £10 extra a month for HD services) but as least they have high definition content (8 HD channels). Virgin Media is much cheaper (£15 a month for an HD set-top box) but not many channels (only BBC HD so far). I gather they've invested a small fortune in sorting out the legacy NTL / Telewest customer support depts. The plan was to wait and see whether Virgin Media managed to get hold of Sky Sports HD or any other HD channels.
But then I read this story, and it's helped me make my mind up. I knew these negotiations were going on, but if Sky is going to blackmail Virgin Media - and effectively blackmail the consumer in the process - then I'm boycotting them. Plain and simple. I'll watch the game down the pub.
Tell your friends and family.